The Yellow Poppy by D. K. Broster

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The ‘Yellow Poppy’ is the symbol of a beautiful and yet tragic love, interwoven with the aftermath of the French Revolution..Intrigue, mystery and romance, all play their part in this story of early ninteenth century France, brilliantly written with a dash and vigour which recalls the spirit of the great romantic novels of the past.


The Yellow Poppy by D. K. Broster

The Yellow Poppy tells the story of the Duc and Duchesse of Trelan during the aftermath of the French Revolution when sporadic rebellions against the regime of Napoleon were beginning to occur in Northern France. Aristocrats were returning from exile, often funded by the aristocracy in England, to attempt to regain their former estates and standing. Both the duc and the duchesse are high minded, faithful to their class ideals and impossibly noble!

The themes of honour, friendship, loyalty and sacrifice permeate the book which is fast paced and colourful and manages very well to convey an atmosphere of 18th century France from the point of view of the landed and titled gentry. Broster often uses French in the dialogue and the speech generally is archaic which furthers the portraiture of the many tortured, handsome young men in the story, with their bravery, their romantic notions and their intense soul-searching.

9 reviews for The Yellow Poppy by D. K. Broster

  1. Anonymous

    The Yellow Poppy (1920), about the adventures of an aristocratic couple during the French Revolution, was later adapted by Broster and W. Edward Stirling for the London stage in 1922. She produced her bestseller about Scottish history, The Flight of the Heron, in 1925. Broster stated she had consulted eighty reference books before beginning the novel. She followed it up with two successful sequels, The Gleam in the North and The Dark Mile. She wrote several other historical novels, much reprinted in their day, although this Jacobite trilogy, inspired by a five-week visit to friends in Scotland and featuring the dashing Ewen Cameron as hero, remains the best known.

  2. Anonymous

    Any reader familiar with the figure of the gallant and unfortunate Louis de Frotté will realise why neither he nor the Normandy which he led so well play any part in these pages—not indeed that he has served as prototype for any character in them, but because to have introduced him also would have been to overblacken the reputation of Bonaparte. Yet that which is here laid to the First Consul’s charge is no libel, for the deeds done at Alençon and Verneuil in mid-February, 1800, are written in history.

  3. Anonymous

    Dorothy Kathleen Broster (2 September 1877 – 7 February 1950), usually known as D. K. Broster, was an English novelist and short-story writer. Her fiction consists mainly of historical romances set in the 18th or early 19th centuries. Her best known novel is The Flight of the Heron (1925), the first of a Jacobite trilogy.

  4. Anonymous

    [These notes were made in 1984:]. A good one. French Revolution; an estranged couple, both heroic and aristocratic. Their reunion, set among timeless ruins (of course) is surreal in its intensity. I was annoyed as all hell that the Marquis de Kersaint (our hero) had to be killed off in the end, but of course it was demanded by the central metaphor (the yellow poppy blooms late and falls to pieces very quickly). A nice, if predictable, touch in matching up young Roland of obscure parentage with the Marquis’ obscure past – as always, Broster’s strength is not in the plot itself – romantic hokum of the worst kind – but in the way she handles it. I particularly like the opening scenes with the daft, dashing young men and their breathless adoration of their leader.

  5. Anonymous

    The book itself was good, thought the plot was severely wanting. Though the plot itself was predictable, the variety of the characters nearly made up for it. The book had the old writing style that just makes you want to read and read purely for the beauty of the language. There were some wonderful characters in the book, and I greatly enjoyed how the soldiers were so obedient to their leader. Overall it was a lovely read, and definitely something I will go back to.

  6. Anonymous

    Margery Fisher, critic of books for children, in an appraisal of another of Broster’s novels, argues convincingly that Broster is in a direct line of descent from Scott, Stevenson and Buchan . . . and uses some of the same adventure devices of fight, flight and misunderstandings; and inhabits their world, where fictional adventures overlap historical events. Certainly there are echoes of Orczy’s romantic historical fictions and Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities.

  7. Anonymous

    Historical novels such as this one, now almost a hundred years old, may not be to the modern taste, but this one succeeds in taking the reader right into the heart of an idealised, lost and very romantic world. Goodness knows to what extent novels such as this one are responsible for planting unrealistic notions of high minded ideals in the head of a fifteen year old girl locked up in a boarding school in mid 20th century Britain! Real life never matched up to this. But still I defy any (perhaps female?) reader to get to the end of this book without the help of several good, strong paper handkerchiefs.

  8. Anonymous

    This book comes from the property of Lyndoch near the mouth of the Hopkins River. George Rolfe, a tea merchant from Melbourne, established Lyndoch in 1875 and Miss Florence Lake, daughter of Miss Annie Lake, later Mrs George Rolfe, inherited the property with her sister Annie. In 1920 Florence Lake built a large house called Lyndoch. She had a Rolls Royce car and a chauffeur and was a tireless worker for local charities. Florence Lake died in 1946 and the property became the site of an Aged Care Facility in Warrnambool. Florence Lake’s house now forms part of the hostel section of this facility. This book would have been in the Lyndoch library during Florence Lake’s time there.

    D K Broster ( Dorothy Kathleen) was a popular writer of historical novels in the early part of the 20th century. The Flight of the heron being her most acclaimed

  9. Anonymous

    This book is of interest as it came from the historically-important property and house known as Lyndoch and so it is connected to Miss Florence Lake, a prominent person in Warrnambool in the first half of the 20th century.

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